‘Prophets Of Rage’ Is A Solid Effort For RATM 2.0

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Rage Against The Machine is back again…sort of.  Tom Morello, Tim Cummerford and Brad Wilk joined forces with longtime friends B-Real (Cypress Hill) and Chuck D (Public Enemy) some time ago following the dissolution of Audioslave to form the super group Prophets of Rage, which is for all intents and purposes Rage Against The Machine 2.0.  The only real difference between this “new” group and RATM—as is clear in listening to the group’s brand new self-titled debut album, is the fact that Morello, Wilk and Cummerford are joined this time out by the aforementioned superstar hip-hop front men.  Musically and lyrically speaking, the fruits of the group’s efforts make this 12-song album everything that Rage Against The Machine fans have come to expect from that band.  Even with that in mind, that return to musical and lyrical form makes this record a welcome effort from the second coming of Rage Against The Machine.

Prophets of Rage’s brand new self-titled debut album is a welcome effort from what is for all intents and purposes the second coming of Rage Against The Machine.  That is due in part to the musical arrangements presented throughout the course of the album’s 12-song, 39-minute run time.  From start to finish, listeners get here 12 arrangements that are a full return to form for Morello and his RATM band mates—Brad Wilk (drums) and Brad Cummerford (bass).  Morello’s heavy riffs and guitar-based special sound effects lift from all three of RATM’s full-length studio efforts and even from the trio’s work under the Audioslave moniker.  That balance of sounds throughout this record makes it enjoyable enough even despite the arrangements not exactly being anything groundbreaking.  Keeping this in mind, the album’s collective arrangements are collectively just one of the album’s elements to examine.  Its lyrical content is just as important to note here as those arrangements.

The lyrical content presented throughout Prophets of Rage is important to note here because it is just as familiar to RATM fans as the album’s musical arrangements.  What is important to note here is that while being as socially conscious as the lyrics in RATM’s previous albums, the topics tackled here are timely.  They do not just rehash the topics taken on in those records.  Case in point is the album’s opener ‘Radical Eyes.’  This song clearly takes on the misconception that just because someone might read one religious book or another that said person has become radicalized.  It is a response, basically, to the close mindedness that so many people have primarily against the Muslim community in this nation.  Its follow-up, ‘Unf*** the World’ stays on a similar mindset as it takes on the issue of racism that is still so alive in America.  The group also takes on the issue of poverty in America and the struggle to fight the issue due to politicians who seemingly don’t care to fight that battle in ‘Living on the 110.’  The group even takes on the issue of personal privacy invasion of sorts in ‘Take Me Higher,’ which addresses law enforcement’s use (and possible misuse) of drones in their daily duties.  The group even goes so far as to address the tensions between police and the people that have risen in recent years over allegations of police brutality in ‘Hands Up.’  This is all just a glance at the way in which Prophets of Rage manages lyrically to impress listeners with its timely lyrical content.  The other songs not noted here all present lyrical content that is just as timely as the material noted here.  Keeping all of this in mind, the lyrical content presented throughout this record proves to be POR’s cornerstone.  It is just one more of the album’s most important elements, too.  The album’s sequencing puts the final touch to its overall presentation.

Plenty of time and thought was obviously put into Prophets of Rage’s sequencing.  From start to finish, the album never lets its fire burn out.  Even as the group gets a bit funky in ‘Take Me Higher,’ it still doesn’t let up in its energy.  The up-tempo arrangement is instantly infectious thanks to all involved, ensuring listeners’ engagement just as much as the album’s much heavier arrangements.  Much the same can be said of ‘Counteroffensive,’ the 38-second interlude which lifts more from Public Enemy and Cypress Hill than RATM.  Even as short as it is and stylistically separate from its counterparts, its arrangement still is entertaining.  Its placement almost halfway through the record is just as smart, as it gives listeners a short break and some variance to the record in whole.  Considering this, the energies exhibited in each song and the fact that no one song directly repeats the other (in regards to their arrangements), it becomes even clearer why the album’s sequencing is so important to the album’s whole.  The energies never vary even as the familiar arrangements do vary.  When this is considered along with the arrangements themselves and the album’s timely lyrical content, the end result is an album that proves to be a solid first effort from Prophets of Rage and an equally solid new effort from what is for all intents and purposes Rage Against The Machine 2.0.  More information on Prophets of Rage is available now along with Prophets of Rage’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Veteran Acts Dominate 2015’s Top New Live DVD/BD Recordings List

This week marks the last full week of 2015. It’s a little tough to grasp that there are only eleven days left in the year. But it’s almost time to bid a fond farewell to this year. And even as the year’s final days tick away, there is still plenty of work left to do in turns of examining the top titles from the entertainment world. Phil’s Picks has already done quite a bit of that, delving into the top titles of the music world’s top titles. There’s still some ground to cover in that realm while beginning to transfer over into the year’s top new DVDs and Blu-rays in each of their different own areas. Keeping that in mind, what better way to start making that transfer than to look today at the year’s best new live DVDs and Blu-rays. The year’s best new live CDs have already been tackled. And as previously explained, in many cases, some DVDs and Blu-rays are actually released separate from their audio-only counterparts even today, and vice versa. That justifies a separate category for the year’s top new live DVDs and Blu-rays. That being the case, here, for your reading pleasure dear readers, is the Phil’s Picks 2015 Top 10 New Live DVDs and Blu-rays. As always, the Top 10 titles make up the main body of the list while the bottom five are no less important. They each receive honorable mention for a total of fifteen titles. Enough rambling. Here, again, is the Phil’s Picks 2015 Top 10 New Live DVDs and Blu-rays.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2015 TOP 10 NEW LIVE DVDS AND BLU-RAYS

  1. SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS – LIVE AT THE ROXY 09.25.14

 

  1. TESSERACT – SCALA

 

  1. AEROSMITH – AEROSMITH ROCKS DONINGTON

 

  1. GEORGE STRAIT – THE COWBOY RIDES AWAY

 

  1. THE WHO – LIVE AT HYDE PARK

 

  1. SHANIA TWAIN – STILL THE ONE: LIVE IN VEGAS

 

  1. ERIC CLAPTON – SLOWHAND AT 70: LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL

 

  1. THE ROLLING STONES – LIVE IN LEEDS 1982

 

  1. THE ROLLING STONES – LIVE AT THE TOKYO DOME 1990

 

  1. LYNYRD SKYNYRD – PRONOUNCED L LEH-NERD SKIN-NERD & SECOND HELPING

 

  1. PAT METHENY – UNITY SESSIONS

 

  1. WHITECHAPEL – BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE

 

  1. TASTE – WHAT’S GOING ON: LIVE AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT

 

  1. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE – LIVE AT FINSBURY PARK

 

  1. DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES – LIVE IN DUBLIN

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Live At Finsbury Park Is One Of RATM’s Most Powerful Performances Yet

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Rage Against The Machine is one of the most influential bands in the modern history of rock.  Over the short course of its roughly nine years together, the band—Zach de la Rocha (vocals), Tom Morello (guitar, vocals), Tim Commerford (bass, vocals), and Brad Wilk (drums)—released a total of three full-length studio recordings, a covers album and a handful of live recordings all while moving its fans to stand up and make their voices heard.  It would be fair to say that considering that influence, Rage Against The Machine is to its generation as Bob Dylan and others of that era were to their audiences.  Now the band’s influence has been put on display once again thanks to the release of its 2010 performance at London’s Finsbury Park.  The concert was the result of one man’s effort to dethrone X-Factor in the race for the UK’s annual top Christmas single only some months prior.  The concert was released via Eagle Rock Entertainment, the leading name in live recordings, last Friday, October 16th.  And there is plenty to like about this latest live Rage recording beginning with the show’s set list.  The twelve-song set list features songs pulled from all three of the band’s albums released throughout its almost decade-long run together.  The band’s stage presence is, in relation, just as important.  Not too much time had passed between the band’s breakup in 2006 and its short-lived reunion and tour in 2008 and its performance at Finsbury Park in 2010.  So the band’s performance here is the image of a band that felt completely refreshed, energetic, and fiery as it was in its earliest days.  Together with the featured set list, the band’s performance of those songs makes for a show that every RATM fan will enjoy from start to finish.  Rounding out the whole thing is the show’s collective production values (I.E. its camera work and audio mix).  It goes without saying that having a well-known director helming the show’s recording paid off in spades.  The shots presented throughout the show expertly capture the full energy of the show both from the stage and the audience.  The end result is a performance that blurs that border of putting audiences right in the middle of the action and giving them the best seat in the house.  The audio mix is just as impressive especially considering that this is an outdoor show.  Both elements together round out the whole of the concert experience presented in this recording.  They work alongside the show’s set list and the band’s performance to make the recording in whole one more of the best of this year’s new crop of live DVDs and Blu-rays.

Rage Against The Machine’s latest live recording Live at Finsbury Park is one of the best of this year’s crop of new live DVDs and Blu-rays.  This latest live offering from RATM and Eagle Rock Entertainment proves to be a piece that every one of the band’s fans will want to have in his or her own music library and DVD/Blu-ray collection.  It proves this first through its set list.  The twelve-song set features songs pulled from all three of the albums turned out by the band over its near decade-long run together.  It opens with a powerhouse performance of ‘Testify’ that will have fans watching at home just as fired up as those that had the pleasure of seeing the band in person at the show’s recording.  Also included in the show’s set list are other career-spanning hits such as: ‘Know Your Enemy,’ ‘Bulls On Parade,’ ‘Freedom’ and of course the very song that set things in motion for this concert ‘Killing in The Name’ among so many other songs.  Regardless of which song or album fans enjoy most, all three albums are well represented with the band’s self-titled 1992 album getting the most love with six songs.  Evil Empire was represented through two of the set’s songs and The Battle of Los Angeles through three.  There is also a cover of The Clash’s ‘White Riot,’ which was not included in any of the band’s albums, including its covers compilation Renegades (2000).  It makes sense that the band’s debut got the most attention figuring that the song that sparked the concert’s birth came from that album.  Sure, it would have been nice to see ‘Voice of the Voiceless,’ ‘War Within a Breath,’ ‘Born of a Broken Man,’ ‘Vietnow,’ ‘Roll Right’ and ‘Wake Up’ included in the show’s set list.  But the set list featured here is still just as entertaining in its own right.  So that in mind, it is still a solid reason for any real RATM fan to check out this concert.  It is only part of what makes this concert recording so enjoyable for the band’s legions of fans around the world.  The band’s stage presence throughout the course of the concert is another reason that the recording proves so enjoyable.

The set list featured in RATM’s 2010 Finsbury Park, while focusing largely on the band’s self-titled 1992 debut, is a clear reason for fans to pick up this new recording.  The likely reason for that album being so heavily represented here is the fact that ‘Killing in The Name’ came from that album.  The song in question sparked what would eventually become the Live at Finsbury Park performance.  That is not to say that the band’s other two albums are not represented here.  They are represented.  But it is just fitting that the album in which ‘Killing In The Name’ was originally included be the one that gets the most attention.  It doesn’t hurt that that album was a landmark recording both for the band and for the rock community in whole either.  That having been noted, the band’s stage presence throughout the course of its nearly ninety-minute concert is just as important as the songs themselves.  The band’s energy throughout its performance is incredible.  Roughly eighteen years had passed between the band’s formation and its performance at Finsbury Park.  Yet watching the band absolutely own the stage here is like seeing the band in its early days.  Front man Zach de la Rocha commands the audience of thousands while Tom Morello’s work on guitar is just as powerful.  Morello’s energy as he makes his way through each song is just as fiery as de la Rocha’s performance.  And the teaming of Wilk and Commerford on drums and bas respectively generates just as much energy.  Watching Wilk, audiences see so much focus on the music yet a certain amount of enjoyment in his face as he drives his band mates forward in each song.  Commerford complements Wilk’s work behind the kit, rounding out the whole presentation.  He doesn’t just stand around in one spot at any given point in the show, either.  He is just as active as his band mates, churning out the songs’ low end and harmonies all while keeping audiences engaged with his own personal energy.  The combination of the band members’ own energies throughout the show makes for a performance from beginning to end that will have audiences at home just as engaged as those that that were in attendance at the show’s taping.  That is because those energies combined make each of the show’s songs so powerful.  It shows that the band isn’t just going through the motions.  Rather the band is all in from beginning to end.  It makes the concert yet another fully memorable performance from one of rock’s most influential acts.  It is one more reason that this concert is such an impressive new release from RATM and Eagle Rock Entertainment.  It is not all that makes this concert so memorable, either.  The concert’s collective production values round out the experience.

The set list featured in RATM’s Finsbury Park performance and the band’s performance of said set list are both equally important in their own right to the recording’s overall viewing experience. Both elements combine to make said viewing experience quite impressive to say the least. That in mind, the final element that is fully worth noting in regards to the concert’s overall viewing experience is its collective production values (I.E. its audio and video mix). Jeff Cronenworth, the concert’s director of Photography is to be commended for his work capturing the concert as is famed producer Andy Johns in regards to his work handling the concert’s boards. Cronenworth is actually interviewed in the concert’s bonus behind-the-scenes featurette. He discusses in this extra his dedication to showing the full reach and impact of the concert and how he achieved that goal with various cameras and angles. His discussion definitely puts things into perspective especially for those that watch the concert first. The aerials and crowd shots do an extraordinary job of capturing the sheer magnitude of the audience and its reaction to the band’s performance. On the other side, the shots of the band on stage both from the stage and right in the front row are just as impressive. One of the best of the on-stage shots is the close up of Wilk captured from what feels like right on his drum kit. It is a shot that has to be seen to be understood in regards to its impact in the whole of the show. The wide shots of the band are just as powerful as they serve to capture the full energy of the band as it makes its way through the show. There is plenty more that could be noted here in regards to the show’s camera work. But it goes without saying that these examples and those not noted work in unison to make the concert’s camera work in whole a hugely important and successful part of the concert’s viewing experience in whole.

The work of the camera crew in capturing RATM’s concert for its presentation here is just as important as the show’s set list and the band’s performance of said songs. Of course what would any of that be without solid handling of the show’s audio boards. Andy Johns is hardly a stranger to working an audio board having produced albums from The Rolling Stones, van Halen, Joe Satriani, Bon Jovi, Ill Nino and countless others. His years of experience show clearly in this recording just as much in every recording that he has handled (studio and live) before. Being such an expansive venue, Johns had quite the job on his hands. Yet he handled his duties with the utmost expertise keeping the band members’ levels equal to one another and balancing those levels with the crowd noise. Audiences will find that thanks to Johns’ efforts, there is rarely a single point throughout the concert in which they have to adjust the volume on their televisions in either direction. That is a telling statement. And together with the work of Cronenworth and his camera crew, the overall production values presented in Live at Finsbury Park make the show in whole yet another impressive recording from RATM as well as potentially one more of the year’s best new live DVDs and Blu-rays.

Live at Finsbury Park is not Rage Against The Machine’s first live recording. It likely isn’t the last from the band even considering its relatively short time together. Regardless, it can be said that the combination of the show’s set list, the band’s performance of that set list, and the concert’s overall production values lead it to be yet another impressive live recording for fans and one of the year’s best new live DVDs and Blu-rays. It is available now in stores and online. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

 

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Eagle Rock Releases Second Video From RATM’s Upcoming Concert Recording

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock Entertainment is giving audiences yet another look at Rage Against The Machine’s upcoming live archived concert recording Live at Finsbury Park. That is because the leader in live recordings released the video this week for another of the songs included in the band’s upcoming recording.

Officials with Eagle Rock Entertainment released the video of the band performing ‘Bulls on Parade’ this week. The performance can be seen online now via Eagle Rock Entertainment’s official YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46ubFgAwKlU&feature=youtu.be. It follows the previously released video of the band performing another of its hits ‘Killing in the Name.’

Live at Finsbury Park will be available in stores and online Friday, October 16th. It will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital formats. The DVD will retail for MSRP of $14.98 and the Blu-ray for $19.98. Prices for its digital presentation will be announced at a later date. Fans can now pre-order the recording via iTunes at http://smarturl.it/RageFinsburyDigital. The twelve-song set features some of RATM’s biggest hits including: ‘Killing in the Name,’ ‘Bulls on Parade,’ ‘People of the Sun,’ ‘Guerilla Radio,’ ‘Bullet in the Head,’ ‘Bombtrack,’ ‘Sleep Now In The Fire,’ ‘and even a cover of The Clash’s hit single ‘White Riot.” Front man Zach de la Rocha even offers an interesting backstory on the song and the band’s choice to perform the song. If the extensive career-spanning set list isn’t enough for audiences, Eagle Rock Entertainment also has included a “Behind The Scenes” featurette that includes an in-depth interview with Jon and Tracy Morter in which the pair discusses the campaign that led to the band’s performance and more. The track listing for Live at Finsbury Park is noted below.

TRACK LISTING
1) Testify
2) Bombtrack
3) People Of The Sun
4) Know Your Enemy
5) Bulls On Parade
6) Township Rebellion
7) Bullet In The Head
8) White Riot
9) Guerrilla Radio
10) Sleep Now In The Fire
11) Freedom
12) Killing In The Name

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Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

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RATM Rises Again This Fall

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

This fall, Rage Against The Machine will rise again.

Eagle Rock Entertainment just announced today that on Friday, October 16th it will release Rage Against The Machine: Live at Finsbury Park. Originally stemming from a 2009 campaign to challenge the dominance of Britain’s hit karaoke show X Factor on the nation’s charts, the concert finally ame to fruition on June 6th, 2010. The original campaign started by English DJ Jon Morter and his wife Tracy was meant to dethrone X Factor as the annual winner on the UK’s annual Christmas singles chart. Morter and his wife nominated RATM’s classic hit ‘Killing in the Name’ to challenge X Factor’s winner and said performer’s single. The band, hearing about the campaign, supported the efforts of Morter and his wife even going so far as to donate proceeds from sales of the single to charity and promising a concert in the UK to celebrate the singe’s success. Live at Finsbury Park is that concert.

Rage Against The Machine: Live at Finsbury Park will be available on Friday, October 16th on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital formats. The DVD will retail for MSRP of $14.98 and the Blu-ray for $19.98. Prices for its digital presentation will be announced at a later date. The twelve-song set features some of RATM’s biggest hits including: ‘Killing in the Name,’ ‘Bulls on Parade,’ ‘People of the Sun,’ ‘Guerilla Radio,’ ‘Bullet in the Head,’ ‘Bombtrack,’ ‘Sleep Now In The Fire,’ ‘and even a cover of The Clash’s hit single ‘White Riot.” Front man Zach de la Rocha even offers an interesting backstory on the song and the band’s choice to perform the song. If the extensive career-spanning set list isn’t enough for audiences, Eagle Rock Entertainment also has included a “Behind The Scenes” featurette that includes an in-depth interview with Jon and Tracy Morter in which the pair discusses the campaign that led to the band’s performance and more. The track listing for Live at Finsbury Park is noted below.

TRACK LISTING
1) Testify
2) Bombtrack
3) People Of The Sun
4) Know Your Enemy
5) Bulls On Parade
6) Township Rebellion
7) Bullet In The Head
8) White Riot
9) Guerrilla Radio
10) Sleep Now In The Fire
11) Freedom
12) Killing In The Name

More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

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Fogerty’s New LP Is An Album For Everyone

Courtesy:  Vanguard Records

Courtesy: Vanguard Records

John Fogerty’s first full length studio release in over six years isn’t exactly a new album.  But it is still a fun collection of songs, nonetheless.  Wrote a Song For Everyone takes fourteen of Fogerty’s most famous and beloved songs and updates them for a new generation.  It goes without saying that the classics collected for this compilation didn’t necessarily need an update.  But the updates do admittedly give listeners a new take on the classics.  It’s actually a good thing.  And that will be discussed later.  The song selection itself is just part of what makes this collection of classics a hit in and of itself.  Fogerty was joined by some of the biggest names in the music industry in re-recording the songs for this work.  And some of the names included on the “guest list” might surprise some listeners.  That’s one more reason for fans to pick up this record.  The compilation’s bonus booklet is the extra spice that makes Wrote a Song For Everyone quite the musical dish.  The bonus booklet includes a back story on each of the songs included on the record.  Together with the guest appearances and the song choices themselves, it all combines to make this compilation one that music lovers of ages will love no less with each listen.

The songs collected for Wrote a Song For Everyone are some of John Fogerty’s best known and beloved songs.  The natural reaction to these songs by those more familiar with them is to question if they really needed an update.  The end result after having listened through the compilation is one of pleasant surprise.  Listeners that are more familiar with the original songs will agree that needed or not, these updates are fun new takes on Fogerty’s classics.  It all starts with an update of what is perhaps his most beloved songs, ‘Fortunate Son.’  Fogerty is joined by Dave Grohl and his band mates in Foo Fighters on this update, with Fogerty and Grohl sharing vocal duties on the song.  It’s a great way to open the compilation because it largely sticks to Fogerty’s original song.  At the same time, it gives the song new life because it amps up the song and keeps it fresh for a whole new generation that can relate to it just as easily as that generation that originally related to it.  Fogerty is joined later by Zac Brown Band on the update of another of his hits in ‘Bad Moon Rising.’  The band’s update on this song is just as fun as Fogerty’s original take on the song.  Unlike the update of ‘Fortunate Son’, the update of ‘Bad Moon Rising’ doesn’t stick strictly to the original song.  That aside, it’s still a pretty interesting take on the song.  Brown and his band mates put their own signature semi-tropical spin on the song.  There’s even a little guitar solo added to the song on this take.  It’s another of the compilation’s pieces that fans of the original song will enjoy just as much as younger listeners.  Fogerty’s new take on ‘Who’ll Stop The Rain’ is one of the most interesting on this new release.  He is joined by fellow veteran rocker Bob Seeger on the song.  The pair took the original mid-tempo country-rock piece and gave it more of a pure country vibe.  It comes across as being more reserved on this take than on the original.  That’s not a bad thing, either.  It is just a new and equally enjoyable take on the song.  It’s just one of many more songs from this compilation from which listeners have to choose as their favorite.  Also included on this record are updates of ‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain’, ‘Born on the Bayou’, and ‘Hot Rod Heat’ just to name a few.  Again whether one is familiar with these songs or not, they all comprise a record that Fogerty fans of all ages will enjoy.

Fogerty fans of all ages will enjoy this compilation primarily because of the songs that comprise the record.  The songs themselves aren’t all that listeners will appreciate.  The record’s “guest list” is another of its selling points.  As already noted, Fogerty is joined by the likes of Zac Brown Band, Bob Seeger, and Foo Fighters on some of the record’s updates.  Also along for the ride are: Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave), and Kid Rock.  Even former American Idol contestant and award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson makes an appearance among many others.  On the surface, one might look at the record’s “guest list” and shrug, asking why any of this is significant.  It’s significant in that it shows the influence that John Fogerty has had on both his fellow veteran musicians and even younger musicians.  It’s an example of actions speaking louder than words.  And it’s a statement that speaks very loudly with this release.

The sequencing and “guest list” chosen for Wrote a Song For Everyone both are critical factors in the album’s success.  They both play important roles in the album’s overall presentation.  Just as important is the album’s bonus booklet.  The booklet included with the album is such an important addition to the overall presentation because it offers a back story to each song.  Those stories come from Fogerty’s own words, too.  Many audiences will be amazed to learn that ‘Fortunate Son’ was written as a result of his own time serving in the Army Reserve during Vietnam.  He writes in the song’s liner notes, that ‘Fortunate Son’ was the result of his person feelings about states using the term ‘Favorite Son’ for their politicians.  He explains in the liner notes that he took that term and changed it to “Fortunate Son” to reflect his negative thoughts on the original term.  Just as interesting to learn is that he felt so strongly about what was going on at the time and ended up writing the song in just twenty minutes.  This after he and the band had originally rehearsed the song without any lyrics at all.  His story behind ‘Bad Moon Rising’ is just as eye and ear opening as it is being read.  He explains how the song originally was the result of a famous movie titled The Devil and Daniel Webster.  He expands on this, explaining how the movie got him to thinking about the impact that music can have on people, and how that links back to the song.  His anecdote is one that will move any fan.  His somewhat cryptic explanation of ‘Who’ll Stop The Rain’ is sure to get fans discussing, too.  He closes his explanation stating that the song is about “seeking the truth.”  He links this to his experience at the very first Woodstock festival.  Those that know the history of the original Woodstock will perhaps understand this better than anyone, especially if said individuals were actually there in person.  It’s just one more story that makes the album’s booklet more a bonus for fans than just a bunch of liner notes.  And together with everything already mentioned, it makes this record even more worth picking up whether for one’s own self or as a gift this holiday season.  It is available now in stores and online.

John Fogerty recently wrapped up a massive tour in support of his new album.  Fans can check in for more tour dates and news from John Fogerty online at http://www.johnfogerty.com and http://www.facebook.com/johnfogerty.  Fans can also get his album online via either site.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Black Sabbath Members To Make Special Appearance At Grammy Museum

Courtesy:  Universal Republic Records

Courtesy: Universal Republic Records

Black Sabbath founding members Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler are set to make a special appearance at the Los Angeles’ Grammy Museum next month.  The special appearance is part of a promotional tour supporting the release of the band’s new live DVD, Black Sabbath Live…Gathered In Their Masses

Ozzy and Geezer will take part in a Q&A session and special early screening of the band’s new live DVD during its appearance.  The whole thing will be held at the museum’s Clive Davis Theater.  During the Q&A session, Ozzy and Geezer will share with fans their thoughts on the band’s reunion, a #1 album in 13 and the band’s hugely successful world tour among other topics.  More information on the event is available online at http://www.grammymuseum.org.

Black Sabbath Live…Gathered In Their Masses will be available on Tuesday, November 25th.  It will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, combo pack, and deluxe box set.  The concert presented in the upcoming release was recorded April 29th and May 1st in Melbourne, Australia as the band kicked off its world tour in support of 13.  The band is currently on the road, touring across South America and Mexico.  Once that leg is done, the band will head overseas to tour Europe in November and December.  A full listing of the band’s current tour dates and more is available online at http://www.blacksabbath.com, http://www.facebook.com/BlackSabbath, and http://twitter.com/OfficialSabbath.    To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.